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JPR Live Session: Rising Appalachia

Sisters Chloe and Leah Smith have been making music since childhood, but the sound of Rising Appalachia is one born from their upbringing but educated by their travels and connections made around the world. 

Leah and Chloe consider their voices to be their primary instrument, but Leah also plays banjo and bodhran, while Chloe plays guitar, fiddle, and banjo. They were joined in the studio by a fascinating mix of musicicians -- David Brown on baritone guitar and Biko Casini on the calabash, plus two new members of the band: West African n'goni playter Arouna Diarra and Irish fiddler Duncan Wickel. The resulting melting pot of sounds are woven into Leylines, their new album produced by Joe Henry.

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JPR Live Sessions are recorded with Audix microphones. Located in Wilsonville, Oregon, Audix designs, engineers, and manufactures high performing, innovative products that contribute to the advancement of the professional audio industry.

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Eric earned a broadcast journalism degree from Washington State University's Edward R. Murrow College of Communication. As FM Network Program Director, Eric oversees many aspects of JPR's broadcast day. He still hosts the occasional Open Air or classical music shift, and is the driving force behind JPR Live Sessions - our popular series of live in-studio music performances and interviews.